How much do you care about how you are liked? How much do you care about how you look? Do you worry more about doing good or about looking good?
Answers to these questions can set your trajectory differently in regards to how you come off to others – how likable people think you are and whether they will follow you or trust you. Or not.
I was gearing up just last week to kick off a meeting of executive women in a network I belong too. We were trying to start the meeting and I was staring at a water pitcher being poured another table thinking, “Hmm, maybe I should get a glass before I start speaking,” without a thought to my facial expression.
One of the women at the table kiddingly said, “Hey, OK, we are quieting down. Stop with the dirty looks.” I walked over and smiled and both she and the woman next to her shared that I had one of those “looks to kill faces.” Wow, I did not realize it. And how on earth would I? I thanked both of them, let them both know I was looking at the pitcher contemplating getting water and we all laughed.
Later, I wondered. What if I had had my mind going other times and at other places and no one was nice enough to give me that same feedback. Did it affect my likability?
Then, that very morning I saw this likability info graphic from Guy Kawaski’s book, Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions. Wow, I thought, look at all the things we are judged on by others every day: our smile, our clothes, our words and our handshake. And that’s just a start.
How about you? Have you judged others on these things? Have you had an experience similar to mine? What have you done to increase your likability?